Jada Peebles has yet to start the eighth grade in Raleigh, N.C., but that hasn’t stopped North Carolina State from offering the 13-year-old a basketball scholarship, WTVD-TV is reporting.
“It was really shocking because I didn’t think that it could actually happen,” she said.
As College Basketball Talk’s Rob Dauster points out, the move isn’t all that surprising if you dig a little deeper. Both of Jada’s parents attended N.C. State, and her father is a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame after lettering in both football and track. And her favorite player, Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins, also committed to Notre Dame in the eighth grade while playing in the city that school is located in.
“She’s really good, and she’s, like, a good shooter like me, and I kind of like to compare myself to her and want the same game as her,” Jada told WTVD.
“Skylar Diggins, who played at Notre Dame, committed to Notre Dame in the eighth grade, and she was from the town that Notre Dame is in, so it’s a similar story,” Danny Peebles said.
Her highlight reel seems to indicate that she’s pretty advanced for her age.